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  1. More U.N. states quietly say no to drug war

    06 December 2013
    Article

    An internal United Nations draft document leaked last weekend has offered outsiders a rare look at longstanding disagreements between member states over the course of U.N. drug policy. The document, first publicised by The Guardian and obtained by IPS, contains over 100 specific policy recommendations and proposals from member states, many at odds with the status quo on illicit drug eradication and prohibition.

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    Filtración de la ONU: Muchos quieren acabar con la guerra mundial contra la droga

    01 December 2013
    Other news

    El texto, con fecha de septiembre de este año y filtrado por el periódico británico 'The Observer', es un borrador de un documento que intenta establecer una estrategia internacional de largo plazo contra el narcotráfico. El texto muestra que no todos los países están de acuerdo con promover la prohibición como única solución al problema. En cambio, son muchos los que están a favor de tratar el consumo de drogas más bien como un problema de salud pública y no como una cuestión de justicia criminal.

  3. Leaked paper reveals UN split over war on drugs

    30 November 2013
    Other news

    Major divisions over the global "war on drugs" have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organisation's long-term strategy. The draft, written in September shows there are serious divisions over the longstanding US-led policy promoting prohibition as an solution to the problem. Instead, a number of countries are pushing for the "war on drugs" to be seen in a different light, placing greater emphasis on treating drug consumption as a public health problem, rather than a criminal justice matter. (See also: Drug control policies are changing: Why? And why has it taken so long?)

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    "That which we call a rose"

    CND Intersessional Meeting, Monday 18th November 2013
    17 November 2013
    Other news

    At the most recent Inter-Sessional Meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, a handful of Member States took the floor to spar over the term “harm reduction” in the Joint Ministerial Statement that they have already spent several months negotiating.

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    CND informal consensus rule tested in decriminalization standoff

    04 November 2013
    In the media

    Country delegations to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) don’t usually vote on things… The protocol is that member states reach consensus on language and policy (often meaning that the final language reflects the lowest common denominator). Usually this diplomatic process works and delegates compromise. However, at the most recent inter-sessional meeting of the CND on 5th November, some delegates drew “red lines” and staked out non-negotiable positions on key issues.

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    CND Intersessional Meeting

    15 October 2013
    Other news

    The United Nations (UN) member states are currently working on a ‘Joint Ministerial Statement’ to review progress and challenges in international drug control since the agreement of a Political Declaration on drugs in 2009. The Statement will be released in March. This intersessional meeting was another opportunity for member state delegations to discuss and recommend changes to the text of the Statement. Below is an overview of the main interventions that were made ...

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    CND Intersessional Meeting

    25 September 2013
    Other news

    The intersessional meeting was intended as the first day of formal negotiations on the draft of the Joint Ministerial Statement (JMS) for the 2014 High Level Segment. However, the Peruvian Chair stated at the opening that the original plan – to produce a collation of member state comments/proposals, then work through them systematically in three intersessional meetings – had not worked, and had attracted criticism from many member states. He therefore asked that this session be a general ‘brainstorming’ where member states could propose the broad issues and perspectives.

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    The 2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    31 May 2013
    Report

    Reflections upon this year’s CND are mixed. On the one hand, some states went further than ever before in openly challenging the current regime on the grounds that, after a century, it needs modernising. That the government of Uruguay is currently considering a domestic policy on cannabis that would put it in breach of the Single Convention shows that, in one instance at least, we have moved beyond rhetoric and posturing.

  9. Del Guaviare (Colombia) a Viena (Austria)

    Pedro Arenas
    11 April 2013
    Article

    Cuando le dije a mi padre que me iba para Viena, le tuve que explicar que no era broma, que no iba a un punto del departamento de Boyacá en Colombia, sino que había sido invitado a la capital de Austria en Europa, donde cada año se reúnen delegados de todos los Gobiernos para hablar de sus progresos en la lucha contra las drogas. El solo me preguntó, "¿de cuáles progresos hablan ellos?".

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    Drug policy reform is breaking through at the international level

    Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch
    24 March 2013
    Article

    Change is in the air ... But the pace could be quickened a bit. While the international policymaking body on drugs has long been stuck in neutral, there are signs that alternative voices are finally breaking through. This year's UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs featured some progress though its modest advances are only remarkable by comparison to a dismal past.

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    Declaracion en la Comisión de Estupefacientes de 2013

    15 March 2013
    Other news

    Declaración de Ann Fordham en nombre del Consorcio Internacional de Políticas sobre Drogas (IDPC) en la Asamblea Plenaria de CND sobre el punto 8: Preparativos para el examen de alto nivel de la aplicación por los Estados Miembros de la Declaración Política y Plan de Acción sobre cooperación internacional en favor de una estrategia integral y equilibrada para contrarrestar el problema mundial de las drogas.

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    Statement at the 2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

    15 March 2013
    Other news

    Ann Fordham of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) delivered the NGO Statement to CND Plenary under Item 8: Preparations for the high-level review of the implementation by Member States of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the world drug problem.

  13. Cannabis and the 1961 Convention

    12 March 2013
    Other news

    Over the past years, there have been some soft and hard defections on cannabis control. It is now time to discuss alternatives that are based on facts and evidence, said Dave Bewley Taylor introducing the session. TNI worked on a report on cannabis, which is looking at the hard defections in the United States and other types of cannabis regulation that have been happening around the world. The report also discusses how cannabis was included in the UN drug control conventions.

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    Uruguay defendió ante la ONU su estrategia sobre la marihuana

    12 March 2013
    Other news

    El prosecretario de la Presidencia, Diego Cánepa ha ponido sobre la mesa de debate en Viena el fracaso mundial de las políticas basadas en el prohibicionismo. Durante su alocución, recalcó que Uruguay “no cometerá el pecado de quedar paralizado por la inacción” ya que tiene el derecho de crear las formas jurídicas necesarias “para atacar de manera frontal las bases económicas del narcotráfico a través de la regulación, el control y la fiscalización del mercado del cannabis”. (Ver intervención completa)

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    Cannabis y la Convención de 1961

    11 March 2013

    Durante los últimos años, ha habido algunas deserciones blandas y duras sobre la fiscalización del cannabis. Es hora de discutir alternativas basadas en hechos y evidencias. TNI ha trabajado en informes sobre cannabis,  analizando los cambios en los estados Unidos y otros tipos de regulación del cannabis que han estado sucediendo alrededor del mundo. El informe también apunta como el cannabis fue incluido en las convenciones de fiscalización de drogas de la ONU.

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    Evo Morales en la sesión de apertura de la CND 2013

    11 March 2013

    En nombre del pueblo boliviano, expresamos nuestro respeto a esta institución pidiendo un minuto de silencio por la muerte del mandatario venezolano.... Estoy un poco preocupado al ver tensión en la reunión. ¿Será por el fallecimiento del hermano Chavez o será por el fracaso de la lucha contra las drogas en el mundo? No vengo a molestarles sino a expresarles diferencias en las experiencias de la lucha contra las drogas en el mundo. Gracias al presidente por permitirme participar escuchando las diferentes intervenciones.

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    An ugly truth in the war on drugs

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Ruth Dreifuss
    11 March 2013
    Other news

    This week, representatives from many nations will gather at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to determine the appropriate course of the international response to illicit drugs. Delegates will debate multiple resolutions while ignoring a truth that goes to the core of current drug policy: human rights abuses in the war on drugs are widespread and systematic. 

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    Cánepa hablará en Viena sobre ley de marihuana

    07 March 2013
    Other news

    “Para nosotros, las políticas públicas que se han aplicado, fruto de lo que era la guerra contra las drogas en América Latina, y las políticas prohibicionistas puras, ha tenido un rotundo fracaso, y por lo tanto debemos explorar y discutir entre todos una política diferente” Diego Cánepa, Pro Secretario de la Presidencia de Uruguay.